In a few short years Tom Pryce went from being a tractor mechanic in his native North Wales to being a potential Formula 1 World Champion and we want children and young people to reach for their dreams just like Tom did.
We have therefore launched £50,000 appeal to erect a statue in memory of the Formula 1 ace in his hometown of Denbigh with the aim of inspiring future generations.
To this day, Tom Pryce remains the only Welshman to have won a Formula 1 race, the non-championship 1975 Race of Champions.
Humble, fast and handsome, he had it all. Tom was one of the quickest Formula One drivers of the 1970s, a decade graced with some of the sport’s greatest talents – and some of its most tragic events.
The launch of the appeal coincided with what would have been Tom’s 70th birthday and came just weeks following the death of his racing rival Nicki Lauda who was 70 at the time.
Poignantly, Lauda was taking part in the 1977 South African Grand Prix in which Tom was tragically killed and went on to win the race.
Our mission is to motivate children and young people to follow their dreams so they can make the most of their talents and the strap line to the appeal is #whatsyourdream.
As part of this campaign, we want to stress that we are not looking for any public money for the statue as it is to be funded by donations from Tom’s fans and supporters.
This interactive public work of art will be produced by the talented Llandudno-based sculptor Nick Elphick - www.nickelphicksculpture.co.uk.
The idea of the appeal was spurred by the 2018 Tom Pryce exhibition held at Denbigh Museum, which is housed in his old school, Ysgol Frongoch, where the aspiring Formula 1 ace dreamt of become a top motor racing driver.
The inspiration behind the exhibition was by Ronwy Rogers, from Denbigh. Ronwy had made a promise to Tom’s father to keep his memory alive and thanks to a great deal of hard work by a lot of people the exhibition in 2018 was a huge success and attracted interest from across the world.
It told the story of how the former tractor mechanic was being a tipped as a future Formula 1 World Champion before his life was tragically cut short.
Our aim to create a fitting and exceptional piece of public art to inspire us all but especially our children and young people to be the best they can be, whatever their dream is.
Website - www.tompryce.co.uk